First Congregational Church of Los Angeles | Christine and Jin

By, March 24, 2016

Christine and Jin tied the knot at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. This church, which is one of the most spectacular in America, is located just minutes away from downtown LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Interestingly, the sanctuary of the church has been featured in productions such as Mr. Deeds, Spider-Man 2, National Treasure, Ugly Betty, and The West Wing. As a ceremony site, the First Congregational Church was especially appropriate for Christine and Jin, because Christine’s dad is the Pastor :)


Christine and Jin’s photography timeline included a first look prior to the ceremony. This enabled us to capture Jin’s first reaction to his bride in her wedding dress. While shooting, we made use of a wide-angle lens, allowing us to incorporate details of the building into specific portraits.


To ensure lots of coverage during the ceremony, given the immensity of the room, we actually had three photographers in action.


The first photographer was located up front, near the pew, capturing the ceremony up close.


The second photographer was in the balcony, taking overall photos and overhead views of the guests.


The third photographer was situated in the back, shooting details like the bride’s dress as she walked down the aisle.


The newlyweds held their reception at Stuart Hall Gallery, situated on the church grounds. One advantage to having the ceremony and reception on the same property is that attendees are able to mingle right away, enjoy dinner and congratulate the newlyweds.


For more of Christine and Jin’s beautiful church wedding, please click here.


Luxurious Beverly Hills Wedding | Justine & Jason

By, January 15, 2016

Justine and Jason first met while in nursing school in San Fransisco, where they currently reside. Lets just say there was ‘chemistry’ right from the start… Actually it was biology class, but you get the picture ;)  They chose to have their wedding in LA, where Justine grew up.

While searching for a venue, Justine and Jason immediately fell in love with the luxurious SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The SLS is a boutique style hotel infused with creativity, sex appeal, and fun…a perfect fit for this hip young couple. The hotel’s eclectic vibe provided us with a variety of stunning environments, which we used to capture unique stylized portraits.

Justine and Jason were ton of fun to photograph, which is apparent in the resulting photos. Have a look at an assortment of our favorites from this beautiful wedding :)

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This section of the lobby was bursting with color. We used an off-camera flash to help balance the color on the happy couple.
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We positioned ourselves strategically for this dreamy shot, capturing the sunlight coming through the veil.
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In addition to the classic formal portraits, we’re always looking for unique angles, and ways to add intrigue to the photos.
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As the evening continued on, the energetic crowd celebrated and danced the night away. 037

Photo Booth: Capture Pod
Disc Jockey: Dash Entertainment
Church/Temple: Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Linens and Rental: La Tavola
Wedding Dress: Mariposa Boutique
Lighting and Decor: Presentation Services (PSAV)
Caterer: SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Venue: SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Hair Stylist: Soreya Yann
Bridal Stylist: Soreya Yann
Makeup: Soreya Yann

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A Redondo Beach Wedding at the Library | Coordinated by Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events

By, May 20, 2013

When Larisa and Greg were first engaged in October of 2012, they knew they wanted Natalie Sofer to assist them in planning the wedding of their dreams.  Natalie runs a full-service event planning company in the Los Angeles area, and also provides month-of and day-of packages. By putting their trust in Natalie and her team, Larisa and Greg were able to relax and celebrate their wedding!


The afternoon started at the beach, an hour before the ceremony, where Larisa and Greg saw each other for the first time that day.


For the ceremony, Larisa and Greg shared their vows at St. Cross Episcopal Church, followed by a grand reception at the Redondo Beach Historic Library.


The reception was an elegant and intimate affair, filled with many personal touches. In the rear of the reception, bookshelves prominently displayed family photos, and a beautifully handmade marriage certificate was presented for all of the guests to sign.


Since both Larisa and Greg are huge movie buffs, the reception featured an “at the movies” theme. Each table was named after a favorite film, and unique and fun table placeholders helped guests find their dinner destination.


On their first date, Larisa and Greg had eaten at Canters Deli in Los Angeles, and shared a black and white cookie. To incorporate this fun fact into the wedding, there were individually handmade cookies for each guest to take home. We love that Larisa and Greg really infused their personalities and lives into their wedding day!


Larisa and Greg had expressed a desire to dance a lot during the reception, and to relax and celebrate with friends and family.  Natalie was able to come up with a wedding day timeline that enabled them to do just that.

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What a beautiful end to a perfectly coordinated day.  Thanks Natalie for taking such great care of our wedding couples!


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